Bible class questions for Deuteronomy 17

Some of these questions are meant to have answers straight from the text while other questions are meant to encourage discussion of the text.

Questions:

  1. Why was offering an unhealthy animal considered an abomination to God? (Deuteronomy 17:1)
  2. Why do you think God required the witnesses/accusers of the idolatry to be the persons who threw the first stone? (Deuteronomy 17:7)
  3. Why was an emphasis placed on the Levites and priests being the individuals who should settle disputes? (Deuteronomy 17:8-9)
  4. Why was such a strong action required to be taken on people who not accept the priest’s decision? (Deuteronomy 17:12-13)
  5. Do you believe it’s a coincidence the first characteristic of a king reigning over Israel mentioned is that he was to be chosen by God? (Deuteronomy 17:15)
  6. What was the first condition listed in relation to the king and Moses’ Law? (Deuteronomy 17:18)

Answers:

  1. It showed no respect/regard for who God was (Malachi 1:8).
  2. It would prevent false accusations. capitol punishment would be “on their head.” Keep Deuteronomy 19:18-19 in mind!
  3. Because they were supposed to know the Law that would settle the disputes.
  4. It would put an end to rebellion and anarchy (keep Moses’ and Aaron’s interactions with the children of Israel during the wilderness wanderings – Numbers 17 for example).
  5. No!
  6. That he would write his own copy of the Law in a book.